Wednesday 15 January 2014

'Jane' MDF Hanging Heart


I made this MDF heart for the Indigo Blu Challenge which is your favourite stamp, and the Eclectic Paperie Get Altered Challenge which is Hearts. I painted the heart with Fresco Finish paints in Pansy, Lilac, and Eggplant and then mixed some of the paint with Kroma Krackle and spread it around the three 'corners'. Once it had crackled I rubbed on some Treasure Gold in Ice Fire and stamped the heart with the script stamp from Sarah's Choice in Vibrant Violet Archival Ink. I coloured Jane, my favourite Indigo Blu stamp, with Fresco Finish paints. I stamped the Dinkie Butterfly, which is actually quite large, on tissue paper, and painted it with Frescos before adhering to grunge paper and painted it with Fresco Gloss Glaze. I then painted some shrink plastic with Frescos in Limelight, Claret, and Green Olives, and stamped with a selection of flowers and the leaves from Live, Laugh, Love. I finished off with some ribbon to hang the heart by, and some pearls for Jane's earrings.

Saturday 11 January 2014

Dolly Daydream for Paper Artsy, Inspired by Claire Lloyd

Happy New Year! It's exciting to see what the new year will bring on Paper Artsy, and who will pop up. It looks like there is lots in store for us, and this week's Guest Designer is Clare Lloyd, whose beautiful work I have seen before on Unruly Paper Arts, so I was delighted to see her! I was inspired by her art doll spool on day one, so let me introduce you to my alter ego, Dolly Daydream.

I bought loads of spools when France Papillon made her spool key rings and I love art dolls, so I was very pleased to see this. I made mine with Dolls plate one, and The Eyes See Everything. I deconstructed the doll and used the tape measure from the set for the bottom part of her torso. Clare had used metal embellishments at the top and bottom of the spool and I had an I Ching coin knocking around on my craft desk which was taken from a belt and therefore had loops on either side where the chains had attached together. This gave me the chance to reconnect the legs either side of the spool so they would hang from jump rings.

I had stamped the doll on book paper and backed her onto card so I wanted to use translucent Frescos so as not to cover the text. I wanted to use a wooden button over the button on her chest so this dictated my colour choices, and I added a bit of Inky Pool to the flower on the button to tie everything in. I used some Treasure Gold Ice Fire round the edge of the button and the spool and the butterfly wings. I finished Dolly off with some hand shaped charms hanging from her arms which say Hand Made on them. It's all a bit mad, and definitely reflects part of me that tries to get out sometimes.

I am entering this into the Paper Artsy challenge for this week.